Last Friday, right here in Washington, D.C., EMILY’s List Political Opportunity Program (POP) held its final candidate training for the 2011-2012 cycle, and I was lucky enough to attend. It’s symbolic that POP had its last training in the District, home to the nation’s legislative, judicial, and executive branches. But this program is about more than the House or Senate, it’s about getting qualified, pro-choice Democratic women ready to wage and win campaigns for state and local offices.
EMILY's List hit the road for our second Majority Council regional conference, this time in Chicago. Nine of our candidates were in attendance - Val Demings, Cheri Bustos, Tarryl Clark, Lois Frankel, Kelda Roys, Joyce Beatty, Joyce Healy-Abrams, Sharen Neuhardt, and Betty Sutton. We were also lucky to be joined by Rep. Gwen Moore and Keynote speaker, Gloria Feldt.
Yesterday, the Senate debated whether or not women should be paid equal money for doing the same work as men. It's worth noting that we still don’t know where the GOP’s nominee for President stands on the bill. It’s chilling to think that Mitt Romney, the man who wants to be the leader of the United States – and presumably its women, too – cannot be bothered to state if he supports the Paycheck Fairness Act.
With only two weeks until her June 5th primary, Michelle Lujan Grisham has surged in the polls and is now under attack. One of our EMILY’s List alums, Former New Mexico Lt. Governor Diane Denish, wrote an op-ed stating, “Now, more than ever, we need women’s voices in the U.S. Congress. It is so important to making sure that the rights of our families – not just women — are preserved.
We’re stoked about our candidates running for national office this year and we’re even more excited to help bring these incredible women to Washington this November. From crime fighting, to technology, to Twilight: check out these eleven tidbits of trivia you might not find anywhere else on the campaign trail!
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By Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton on May 17, 2012
Today an all-male panel of Member of the House will hear witnesses on H.R. 3803, a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy only in the District of Columbia. The Democrats on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution have called a D.C. resident, Professor Christy Zink, whom we recommended to testify, because she had to have an abortion after 20 weeks under tragic circumstances. Her testimony will be front and center.
In a race against scandal-plagued Republican Congressman David Rivera, businesswoman Gloria Romero Roses has stepped into the ring to fight for Florida’s middle class families. Born in Colombia, Gloria has lived in the Sunshine State since age seven. She’s managing partner of Nexus Homes, LLC, which connects investors with high-quality assisted living facilities, and she’s ready to take her business acumen and solutions-oriented approach to Congress.